Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Whale Under the Sea Tutorial


This is the first of about six stamps on the Close to My Heart Under the Sea stamp set (C1500). My focus on this tutorial is on the coloring techniques. I kept the card construction rather simple. I made the card using scraps from my Pemberly Workshop on the Go kit. I used embellishments from the CTMH’s Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems (Z1333). You can order this sweet little stamp set from my CMTH website: http://dianecook.myctmh.com.
I used the following Copic markers:
0 – Colorless Blender
B0000 – Pale Celestine
B02 – Robin’s Egg Blue
BV20 Blue Lavender
BV23 – Grayish Lavender
BV25 – Grayish Violet

I also used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Tombow adhesive, and foam strips. I stamped my whale image on Copic Express It cardstock.
Step 001 * BV20 - After applying a base coat of 0 –Colorless Blender, then, using a circular motion, color the entire whale with BV20 – Dull Lavender
Step 002 * BV23 - Using circular stroke along Whaley’s perimeter, color with BV 23.
Step 003 * BV20 - Using a circular brushstroke, use BV20 to blend the darker color into the rest of the whale. As you blend, feel free to leave a small area in the center of your image lighter.
Step 004 * BV23 - Now apply a second coat you BV23 inside your first coat of the darker color.
Step 005 * BV20 - Again, blend over with BV20. You will see Whaley darkening with the exception of the center light spot.
Step 006 * BV25 - With a small, circular brush stroke, edge Whaley’s inside perimeter with BV25
Step 007 * BV20 - Soften with BV20
Step 008 * B0000 - Apply base coat of B000 to waterspout

Step 009 * B02 - Accent with B02.
Sep 010 * Assemble your card as you desire. I used scraps from my Close to My Heart Pemberly set. I cut my wave with a Creative Memories border punch. I cut my Whale image to 3”x3” and graduated the matting sizes by either ¼” (for a 1/8” frame) or ½” (for a ¼” frame). I also used a foam strip t pop the waves.


  1. Great tute! Happy New Year!!

  2. What a wonderful lesson, Diane! I don't have Copics but it's good coloring information for my pencils too! Thank you!...Nancy :o)

  3. I had fun doing this one. But, I have fun doing all of it! At any rate, if you're using oil-based pencils like Prismacolor, you want to start with the darkest color on the outside perimeter. You can use Gamsol(I use baby oil)and a torillion to blend the darker color(s)down. That is kind of the opposite of the Copic approach -- lighter to darker. Thanks for checking in.